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Task force for ensuring access in vulnerable communities unveils a set of strategies

SeHealth Participated in Task Force

November 29, 2016  –  The American Hospital Association (AHA) today unveiled a report outlining a menu of options for communities, hospitals and policymakers to ensure that vulnerable rural and urban communities have access to essential health care services. As the hospital field engages in its most significant transformation to date, one out of three hospitals is fighting to survive – potentially putting communities at risk for losing their access to local health care services. Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) President/CEO Joann Anderson was enlisted by the AHA to serve on the task force that developed today’s report.


“Because we operate the only medical center in Robeson County, Southeastern Regional Medical Center, it is vitally important that we represent the health care needs of the community and patients we serve,” said Anderson. “Being invited to serve on this task force was an honor that enabled the voices of our organization, this community as well as our patients to be heard on a national level as it relates to rural health care needs in an effort to bring more understanding and support for our continued strides to improve access to health care and the overall health of our residents.”

In recognition of the challenges facing vulnerable rural and urban communities and the need for new integrated and comprehensive health care delivery and payment strategies, the AHA Board of Trustees created the Task Force for Ensuring Access to Vulnerable Communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and conducted field hearings to speak with hospital and community leaders during a 15-month period.

“Many hospitals face challenges maintaining access to health care services in their communities and this report provides a pathway to ensure every hospital has an opportunity to be an access point and an anchor of service,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “The strategies outlined in this report can serve as a roadmap for all communities as hospitals begin to redefine how they provide more integrated care.”

The taskforce report outlines nine emerging strategies that can help preserve access to health care services in vulnerable communities. These strategies will not apply to or work for every community and each community has the option to choose one or more that are compatible with its needs.

The nine emerging strategies are:

  • Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
  • Global budgets
  • Inpatient/Outpatient Transformation Strategy
  • Emergency Medical Center
  • Urgent Care Center
  • Virtual Care Strategies
  • Frontier Health System
  • Rural Hospital-Health Clinic Strategy
  • Indian Health Services Strategies


The AHA will work with Congress and CMS to create new payment models to support the successful implementation of the strategies. The AHA will also provide assistance and tools to communities and hospitals and health systems looking to adopt the task force-recommended strategies.

The report, with more detailed information on each strategy, case studies and a complete advocacy agenda and assistance strategy, is available at  

About Southeastern Health

Southeastern Health, a non-profit organization, is a comprehensive health care system which offers a wide array of health care services through its affiliated divisions. The organization’s hub, Southeastern Regional Medical Center, is accredited by DNV-GL Healthcare and is a Magnet facility. The medical center is licensed for 452 beds and offers a combination of acute care, intensive care and psychiatric services to more than 14,000 inpatients and 63,000 emergency patients annually.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 November 2016 14:09 )  

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